If you’re after a new women’s road bike, we’ve picked the cream of the crop to help you choose, priced from £999 / $1,500 / AU$1,999. Each of these bikes has been extensively ridden and tested by our team of reviewers.
Whether you’re after a bike for commuting, racing or enjoying long rides, we’ve got some great recommendations.
If you’re not sure what to expect for your money or what type of road bike to go for, our women’s road bike buyer’s guide has all the info you need to make the right decision based on your needs and budget.
It combines a supremely smooth and efficient ride that’s comfortable mile after mile with a turn of speed that reveals its racing DNA.
The carbon frame features Trek’s proprietary IsoSpeed decouplers, which isolate the rider from fatiguing road chatter, while the SL 6 Disc build has a full Ultegra groupset that includes powerful and efficient hydraulic disc brakes.
It’s not just a great endurance bike, or women’s bike for that matter, it’s just a great bike, full stop.
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Designed to be the fastest bike in the Fuji lineup
Women’s specific geometry
SRAM RED eTap groupset including hydraulic disc brakes
Oval Concepts 950 Disc carbon wheelset
Fast acceleration and lively handling
Aero frame tubing
The latest women’s competition build is not just the fastest in Fuji’s women’s line-up, but, it claims, its fastest bike — ever.
The aero race Supreme 1.1 was completely redesigned for 2018 with Fuji’s highest quality carbon frame and forks plus a full top-of-the-range SRAM RED eTap electronic groupset for smooth wireless shifting.
In action, the Supreme boasts exhilarating speed and impressive acceleration, as well it should: it’s already claimed podiums in the women’s pro tour calender.
The wind-tunnel tested chassis with its extensive aero profiling is designed with time-shaving in mind, and Fuji claims that this new Supreme shaves a whopping 79 seconds off the time of it’s men’s aero equivalent, the Transonic.
Top-of-the-range carbon road bike designed for pro-level racing
Women’s specific frame design
SRAM RED eTap groupset
This premium, range-topping bike from Liv Cycling was designed to fulfil the needs of its pro-riders, including Team Sunweb. Designed from the ground up for female riders, it boasts aerodynamic features and an incredibly light weight for the size.
If you’re into fast-paced riding or racing and are looking to make your first carbon road bike purchase, or want a quality frame that’s perfectly placed for future upgrades, then the Émonda SL 5 is a good choice.
Women’s specific carbon frame designed for the Canyon//SRAM pro team
Frame sizes down to 2XS
SRAM Force groupset including hydraulic disc brakes
This version of the Canyon Ultimate is ideal if you want a race bike that’s built around the same high-quality carbon frame as ridden by the Canyon//SRAM pro team (and features the team colours), and/or are looking for a race-ready bike for smaller riders.
Sizing goes from M to 2XS, with smaller 650b wheels and spec to maintain a similar ride feel and performance across all sizes.
Women’s specific frame design with endurance geometry
Shimano Ultegra groupset including hydraulic disc brakes
If you’re looking for a do-it-all bike that errs more towards comfort and versatility than all-out speed, but is quite capable of going hard when you need it to, the Endurace WMN from Canyon is a bike worth considering.
It features a carbon frame and full Shimano Ultegra groupset including hydraulic disc brakes.
The Endurace WMN also wins points for its range of sizes — it’s great to see a brand such as Canyon cater to smaller riders, going down to a 3XS size. Smaller wheels are fitted too to ensure consistent handling and no toe overlap.
Comfortable aluminium-framed bike with carbon fork
Women’s specific frame design
Shimano 105 groupset
The Liv Avail SL 1 is designed for endurance riding and its geometry is comfortable for longer distances with responsive rather than agile handling.
The stiff carbon frame can however be a little tiring on long rides as road chatter isn’t dissipated as well as some other endurance bikes, such as the Trek Domane SL 6 or Specialized Ruby, but it is a lot cheaper.
The bike comes fitted with hydraulic disc rather than rim brakes, which I’m a fan of, and you get Shimano’s Ultegra groupset too.
It’s a good quality all-rounder, so if you’re looking for a bike that can do a bit of everything the Avail SL 1 could be for you.
Hybrid or city bikes are versatile machines, able to handle a range of conditions and put the rider in a comfortable, upright position. You’re usually able to bolt on a pannier rack and mudguards too, so they’re perfect for everything from popping to the shops or a social ride to efficiently taking you from home to work and back.
While most have flat handlebars and aren’t typically defined as road bikes, there are plenty of drop handlebar bikes that make great city bikes, allowing you to add a pannier rack for your luggage.
Strap on your pannier rack and zip through the lane-ways and streets, dodging traffic as you go… or head out for a countryside cruise.
Overall, this is a great bike for riders who value versatility and comfort above all else. It’s also great for those who want something that they can use for long rides where there’s a certainty of gravel riding but still need the bike to roll well on tarmac, and will handle daily commuting.
It’s comfortable, felt sturdy and on some of the crazy ‘shortcuts’ and ‘oh, I wonder what’s over there’ routes it ate up rough surfaces.
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The name might not sound promising, but this is a brilliant, cheap, practical and robust bike for anyone who’s looking to cart stuff around town.
It is, in fact, based on the old Royal Mail post bike, and as well as being perfect for weighing down with bags and boxes, the company behind Elephant Bikes will ship one over to the people of Malawi, Africa for every bike sold in the UK.
The bikes are tough and require minimal maintenance, with Sturmey Archer 3-speed transmission and drum brakes, a step-through frame and mudguards and fitted cargo racks.
Aoife is an experienced journalist, editor and product tester. With 6 years’ experience of reviewing bikes and kit, she’s ridden and rated nearly every women’s road and mountain bike available on the market. She enjoys putting the latest products through their paces, helping riders find the right kit for them and sharing the best advice, hints and tips to help them get the most out of riding.